Wayne LaPierre, the longtime head of the National Rifle Association and a staunch defender of civilian AR-15 ownership, is resigning his post days before a civil trial in which the New York attorney general is pushing for him to be removed from office and fined for alleged corruption at the nonprofit organization. LaPierre is an important figure in American Gun: The True Story of the AR-15 because of the role he played in defending civilian ownership of the AR-15 after the Sandy Hook massacre. He is also famous for promoting more arming of the populace to reduce gun violence. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with
a gun,” he once said.